The Michael Brown affair — the Missouri teen who was slain by a police officer — is reminiscent of the Trayvon Martin case of a few years ago. But also like Martin, evidence continues to mount casting doubt that this was the cold-blooded murder demonstrators would have us believe.
Eyewitnesses, including Dorian Johnson, the individual accompanying Brown at the time he was killed, have testified repeatedly that Brown was shot while he was running away from the officer, identified as Darren Wilson.
The autopsy indicated Brown had been shot six times. The paper reported:
One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said.
Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front.
In short, he wasn’t running away, as witnesses claim. The final, fatal bullet that entered the top of Brown’s skull adds further credence to the the officer’s testimony that Brown was charging him.
Prior to the release of the medical examiner’s findings, Brown’s “martyrdom” prompted the construction of a makeshift shrine, which included ball caps, Mogen David MD “Mad Dog” 20/20 fortified wine, cough syrup and bottles of liquor, according to this photo posted in Goodbye America.
The booze apparently didn’t sit well with some demonstrators. They decided to add something more sacred. Los Angeles Times bureau chief Molly Hennessy-Fiske reported in a tweet:
— Molly Hennessy-Fiske (@mollyhf) August 17, 2014
By its very inclusion, the sacred symbolism of the cross was made profane.
One thing missing from the preliminary autopsy was the toxicology report. When people on Twitter began wondering about it, St. Louis Alderman Antonio French tweeted that it wouldn’t be available until September.
— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 13, 2014
Talk of a pending toxicology report resulted in a flurry of dissent from apparent Brown supporters. Here are a few examples, via Twitchy.
— Detroit Red (@Just_Darrin) August 13, 2014
Please explain to me why they need to run a toxicology test. What about the cop who killed Michael Brown? Will he get tested? #Ferguson
— Don’t Shoot! (@Art_LiveOn) August 12, 2014
There are some illegal substances — most notably methamphetamine — that cause extremely aggressive behavior in the user.
These are some of the effects of “meth,” according to the Jefferson County (Missouri) Sheriff’s Department.
In large doses, methamphetamine’s frequent effects are irritability, aggressive behavior, anxiety, excitement, auditory hallucinations, and paranoia (delusions and psychosis). Abusers tend to be violent. Mood changes are common, and the abuser can rapidly change from friendly to hostile. The paranoia produced by methamphetamine use results in suspiciousness, hyperactive behavior, and dramatic mood swings.
Just as Martin’s “martyrdom” fell apart as the evidence came in, so too is Brown’s.